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Genre > Rock > Alt & Grunge
VOIDSOn their sixth album VOIDS, Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process.
Album opener "Last Kiss" immediately establishes the band's renewed fervor. An appropriately dizzying guitar line plunges into a propulsive groove before the chorus unfolds into a multi-tiered pop chorus. From there the album flows into "Give & Take", a tightly wound exercise in syncopation that recalls the celebratory pulse of early Bear classics like "Fine + 2 Pts" while exploring new textures and timbres. "Invisible" is arguably the catchiest song of the band's career, with Jake Snider's vocal melodies and Knudson's imaginative guitar work battling for the strongest hooks. "What About the Boat?" reminds us of the "math-rock" tag that followed the band in their early years, with understated instrumentation disguising an odd-time beat. "Erase," recalls the merging of forlorn indie pop and electronica that the band dabbled with on their early EPs, but demonstrates the Bear's ongoing melodic sophistication and tonal exploration. By the time the band reaches album closer "Lighthouse," they've traversed so much sonic territory that the only appropriate tactic left at their disposal is a climactic crescendo, driven at its peak by Cory Murchy's thunderous bass.
Not since Planet of Ice's "Lotus" has the Bear achieved such an epic finale. All in all, it’s an album that reminds us of everything that made us fall in love with Minus the Bear in the first place, and a big part of that appeal is the sense that the band is heading into uncharted territories.1. Last Kiss
2. Give & Take
3. Call the Cops
5. What About the Boat?
7. Tame Beasts
9. Robotic Heart
$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
This Is What I Know About Being GiganticTo celebrate Minus the Bear's 10th Anniversary, Suicide Squeeze will issue the band's earliest recordings on vinyl. This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic is the debut album from Minus the Bear, originally released on CD in 2001. This vinyl edition is being remastered from the original tapes by the legendary Bernie Grundman, the Hollywood-based legend behind many of the industry's landmark recordings.1. Hey Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked
2. Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
5. Just Kickin' It Like a Wild Donkey
6. Potato Juice & Liquid Bread
$19.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
OmniMinus the Bear is an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington. OMNI is their Dangerbird Records debut.1. My Time
2. Summer Angel
3. Secret Country
4. Hold Me Down
6. Thief, The
7. Into the Mirror
8. Animal Backwards
9. Dayglow Vista Rd.
10. Fooled By the Night
$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Lost LovesSplatter Colored Vinyl
Collection Of B-Sides And Unreleased Track From Their Last Three Albums
Minus The Bear will release their latest LP, Lost Loves, via Dangerbird Records. The seasoned Seattle, WA five piece will embark upon a club tour this fall in support of the new album as well as the 10th anniversary re-release of their fan favorite EP, They Make Beer Commercials Like This. For a band that routinely sells out 1000+ cap venues across the country, the small rooms scheduled for the coming dates will provide an intimate setting for fans to experience the new album. Joining Minus The Bear on the road at various points are O'Brother, Young Widows, and Mansions, and on September 20th they perform at the Sunset Strip Music Festival's main stage.
The follow up to Infinity Overhead, which reached #31 on the Billboard 200 as Minus The Bear's highest charting album to date, Lost Loves lives up to its title quite literally as a collection of hard to let go songs pulled from the band's past seven odd years of writing, recording and releasing records. "Inevitably some of your favorite songs are going to be cut in the necessity of creating the right sequence for that particular time," says bassist Cory Murchy. "Regardless of the reason they weren't included, it wasn't for lack of love and appreciation of the songs themselves." Somewhat by chance the black sheep that didn't quite fit in with Planet of Ice, OMNI, and Infinity Overhead coalesce among their once regretfully forsaken peers. "Perhaps it's because they didn't make the past albums that they fit so seamlessly together," muses Murchy.
That each song was out of place on more conceptual releases is a harbinger of what to expect from Lost Loves as a collection of compositions that channel the essential essence of Minus The Bear's songwriting. Over the years the band "has made a name for itself creating music as ear-catching as it is resonant with fans of guitar athletics and progressive structures," wrote Consequence of Sound, and Lost Loves more than delivers on that promise. As the band began metaphorically reaching out to the "ones that got away" from past sessions, additional recording and vocals were completed for select tracks. "As a whole," says Murchy, "this collection of songs offers as strong a package as any other album we've put together."1. Electric Rainbow
2. Surf N Turf
3. Broken China
4. Walk On Air
5. Patiently Waiting
6. Cat Calls & Ill Means
7. Invented Memory
8. South Side Life
9. Your Private Sky
10. The Lucky Ones
$19.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham (Book)Exclusive 7” Vinyl Record Featuring Rare Unreleased B-Sides From Manchester Orchestra And Minus The Bear
"Ryan is one of the greatest photographers working today.” - Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
“Ryan is an exceptional talent.” - Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Celebrated rock photographer Ryan Russell has announced plans to release his first travel photography book, “Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham,” via No Sleep Records.
Known best for his ability to brilliantly capture timeless photos of some of rock’s biggest acts, from Death Cab For Cutie and Against Me! to Paramore and Blink-182, Russell recently tackled a different subject entirely for “Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham.” In the summer of 2013 he embarked on a life-changing, cross-country journey, moving from his native city of Birmingham, AL to the Pacific Northwest town of Bellingham, WA. Russell documented his trip, capturing the back roads, ghost towns, national parks and historical sites of America with stunning photos of everything he saw.
“Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham” will also include an exclusive 7” vinyl record featuring rare unreleased B-sides from Manchester Orchestra and Minus the Bear, two bands that Russell has shot extensively over the last several years.
"Ryan is one of those rare photographers that can truly put you at ease while he takes superb and entirely honest photos,” says Cory Murchy of Minus the Bear. “A master at capturing the most fleeting and candid of moments, we always look forward to working with him so we were extremely honored to be asked to be apart of this project."1. Manchester Orchestra - Sure Shot
2. Minus the Bear - Surf-N-Turf
$35.99Book + 7" Vinyl Single - SealedBuy Now
Infinity OverheadMinus the Bear‘s fifth studio album Infinity Overhead is set for release on August 28th on Dangerbird Records.
The Seattle-based fivesome reunited with former member and longtime producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Cursive) to create a guitar-laden 10-track record that is heavy both on technicality and pop songcraft.1. Steel and Blood
2. Lies and Eyes
3. Diamond Lightning
6. Heaven Is A Ghost Town
7. Empty Party Rooms
9. Lonely Gun
10. Cold Company
$17.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
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